The Summoner

Years ago I read a book by…I think it was by Marianne Williamson, and she made the point that we should look at our lives sort of like the hero journey(she’s not the first to have this idea but the way she wrote it stuck with me).  At the time, I was on a fairytale kick in my art.  So I set about translating her idea into the whole fairytale theme, you know, as one does lol.  In any case, that whole idea stuck with me over the years.  I began to intuitively translate subconcious stuff into stories.  About me.  And my world. And what it meant to me. Thoughts and ideas became creatures in my artistic shorthand and emotions became characters. Now…I rarely have thoughts or feelings without sort of seeing a creature or character in my mind.  This either makes me very imaginative or mentally ill.  Could be either one.  I’m not saying which.

So I was thinking the other day about how we sort of pull into our lives what we need to know to learn or grow or heal.  As I was journaling, I started to get the idea of that part of myself being “The Summoner”.  Rather than life happening to us, it’s working for us. This made me feel a lot better. ( I mean I knew that, but I haven’t been internalizing it lately.)  Because no one wants random chaos and crap in their lives.  And there seems to be a lot of it around these days.  So then I thought…”what am I summoning into my life”…”am I even aware of that process” yada yada.  The answer is no. I’m not aware. But I see the results.  Oh yes I do. I know that I am summoning experiences to make me flow right outside of my comfort zone.  I know that I am stretching and morphing from one day to the next.  I know that I am working on many levels.  Because that’s what artists do….they transform the world around them with their vision.  And that right there…is the biggest summoning of all!


In my Spare time (new listings)

So in my spare time…I create.  Little moments stolen from the demands of life in a big family.  I haven’t made the time lately to make sure that my listings were updated on Etsy.  But I did today.  Woot! And it is very cool sometimes to see all of this artwork together and realize that you can create a body of work in those small moments.  You can.


Alien Thoughts bear channel Choose thoughts that bring relief claim your strength you are not that fragile Culturally transmitted madness Driving the Prejudice Vehicle is a dead end job hush hush I Am You I know you by your opposites listen as hard as you can mostly just a dream mother maiden crone Not bone tired but heart tired objects of scrutiny Once there existed a golden time One day at a time Playing the part despite her ancient knowledge Rabbit Requiem of doubt secure in the strength she was born with Some angel that wanted you to choose to breathe Tell The Truth The magic never left you The Unique Ones tired of watching every step waiting on the next step to be revealed what goes on in the pauses What if you're just too damn tired whispering fairy tales to my inner child

More Spirit Guide adventures


“Allow foresight to lead the way”


“You are a creative influential force”


“Shift your focus to view the whole picture”


“Creativity and Cosmic conciousness”


“Communication with spirit dreams”

So once I’m onto a project…I can’t just walk away can I?  So here are a few more animals in my spirit guide journal adventures… I will be finishing up this journal soon.  Time to start wondering what the next book will bring.  Yeah, I don’t have a clue, but that’s the fun of it!

Spirit guides…

I’ve been working in my Spirit guide journal this week.  So I see an animal or one comes to mind.  I paint it and then I get to look up the meaning.  I’ve decided lately that there are just no “coincidences”.  Take this bunny, I had no idea that one of the meanings was “moving thru fear”.  It’s so perfect for what I’m worrying about this week.  So perfect.  It’s a very cool way to speak with your subconscious. To filter thru the junk and come up with the treasure.  And of course…I’m always happy and comfortable when I’m painting animals.




“moving thru fear”



“pay attention to the elders”



“filtering soul lessons”


“Personal power”


“women’s healing wisdom”


“moon magic”


Processing…with art


Cover- “processing”

So last week I saw all of these posts about Meander journals.  I couldn’t resist that.  Had to do one immediately lol.  Because, you know, it caught my interest and I was off and down the rabbit hole.  I’m adding more detail this weekend but I was pretty jazzed about the whole project.  No sew?  you betcha!…I’m all about some glue and paint journals that requires no dang sewing.  lol.  Because the part I like is not the technical part, the part I like is where my subconscious/my soul sits up and starts sending me telegrams about how I’m thinking and processing and feeling.  Woot!  You just can’t beat that with a big stick!!



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“You are the well-trodden, dusty tracks of habit
and you are a freedom so brilliant it brings
deities to their knees.

You are the hesitation and the mistrust that make us
so desperately cling to the plastic replicas of who we are,
and you are the ache of the real calling us from the other side of risk.
You are that mystical courage
that makes us get up and out of bed each morning, despite it all.

Achingly beautiful, dull, exhilarating,
horrendous, paradoxical, cosmic, dense,
dark matter and radiance beyond measure.
Here is your world.
Here it is.

You have been so busy creating walls,
squeezing your tail and your wings
into this digestible hand-me-down dress,
trying so very hard to compartmentalize the
unfathomable wilderness that you are.

There is no action, no withholding,
no sprouting or rotting,
no lover or predator,
no loser or hero,
no wound nor victory
that is not you.

Here is your world.
Here it is.”

:: Chameli Devi

Flow…New Work

I tend to work in bunches, on several paintings at one time…. A lot of people ask me where I get creative ideas. I don’t think you get them…I think it’s a muscle. You keep on and keep on and one day it’s like turning on a faucet…you get a few drips and then the next day it’s overflowing and etc. It seems to me that it’s about getting more and more in touch with yourself. That’s not just a cliché….the more you practice (copy, learn muscle memory, etc) the closer you can come to just letting “you” flow down a brush or pencil or pen onto the page. That’s my take on it for what it’s worth.

Wading thru life

8×10 Mixed media on canvas board

What if

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 .Dear Lord

12×12 Mixed media on canvas board

Not moving

8×10 Mixed Media on Canvas Board


8×10 Mixed Media on Canvas Board

The truth is

12×14 Mixed Media on Canvas Board